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3 quotes; #1

In my ‘work life’ of social media I end up seeing and creating sooooo many quotes and memes that this is a semi-hard challenge.  The other hard part is picking 3×3 bloggers to tag so I took some time to think and I’m ready for the challenge.

Rules; Thank the person who challenged you, post a quote, tag 3 others, for 3 days in a row.

Thanks to my blog friend in Ireland who tagged me.  Fancy Paper posts are always fun and a glimpse into mom (or mum) life in a different country.  Its pretty much the same with some key differences and that is the thing I love about the blog world – genuine looks into the story of the lives of real people.

Quote; It is Always Darkest before the Dawnpexels-photo-927017.jpeg


Chosen half because it is in a song stuck in my head, half because I’m in a semi-constant state of anxiety about one house or another.  I trust a dawn will come.  It always has in the past.

Tagging; This is the hard part, I’ve had some poor luck with this part of a challenge before.  I am picking a trio that I read all the time and I hope will accept.

  1. Webner House – a Dad in Ohio with some cool thoughts on things.
  2. With Love Kate – a fellow Kate I found when we were both pregnant with #3 and I love her journey and decorating style and general can-do attitude.
  3. Home sweet Abbott – a new blogger who just got married and is building a house with a ‘due date’ about the same as ours.  Her building posts are fun to line up with mine because just like parenting and pregnancy and work etc – we are mostly the same but just a key difference or 3.


I hope to get 3 in 3 days here.  I at least have more downtime with the house in ready to sell mode all I need to do is maintain and be ready to leave at a moments notice.  Good thing I have a laptop and a phone and a nice car to sit in.  Cross fingers for the showing this afternoon, I have a feeling this might be the right one.


My Easter Weekend of Transformation

This year Easter is early, and, right in the last 3 miles of the marathon of getting this house ready.  The goal is Wednesday.  Truly the goal is Tuesday night so Wednesday all I need to do is a tidy after they depart for school and then hold my breath until it is sold.

I’m sure you all have experienced the chaos that is the third quarter of a project, everything is torn up and you have been working and working and still, it looks 10x worse than when you started?  That was our Friday and Saturday.  Sunday, we started to actually pull it back together and our house is getting truly ‘done’.

Friends convinced me I did not need to change every doorknob, at least not yet…

I convinced Lars we HAD to either repaint the master or color match it so I could touch up three spots that look like the size of Africa to me but in reality are the comparative size of Fiji.  He dutifully went to home depot 2x to get paint and now I’m painting my house with a tiny paintbrush.  The Lars list is very long, he has done so much I just don’t put it all here.  There was a time on Friday that I couldn’t help thinking how well we actually work together on big stressful projects as our storage trip was suddenly our mini date.

We finally finished the painting in the 2 rooms we were repainting and then I facetimed with my family while scrubbing the trim and floors to get all the tiny paint spots clean.  Good thing Magic Erasers were on sale last week, I’ve disintegrated 4 already between walls and floors.



this end done, nobody go over there.


not the right chairs, that chest will move back so side table position soon, and, the picture needs to get new art and hung up.


kid desk still has tools but hey, they are at least in one spot.


my real computer was put away to eliminate ‘clutter’


In the breaks between cleaning, we did a little thing called Easter.  It was very mellow for us this year and I’m pretty glad it actually fell on April Fools.  In the end I handled lack of traditional baskets (in storage) with 3 decorative boxes and then I hid them in the closet and made them a giant basket of socks.  Zoe was first up and exploring and found the fake basket and remarked: “at least there is some candy” and then the clever girl found a bag of trash.  The living room was early on the hit list so it is pretty clean and decluttered overall and I forgot to dispose of the evidence of basket treats and Zoe found it.  Don’t worry, she still believes, maybe even more now because she considered it a mix of a trick and a clue that there were REAL easter baskets somewhere.  I’m pretty proud of the way this shook out and I got to hear the sounds of joy when they found them.

This year, due to snow, we hid eggs in the house.  Growing up we nearly always had indoor egg hunts but this is the first year weather was bad so it was a new twist for our kids.  I think we had about 150 eggs and 3 kids so for a solid 20min they were searching.  Easy ones were passed 100 times, hard ones found instantly, in the end, we might be short 2 real eggs but I bet I’ll find them since my plan is to super clean.  I did find 4 missed plastic eggs that afternoon cleaning the bookshelf, they were pretty well hidden.


Easter food focused on just the 5 of us.  We had a breakfast guest who also witnessed the egg hunt and then helped with the house and then went home again.  Pancakes for breakfast, Lox and bagels for lunch, and Rack of Lamb with homemade french fries and asparagus for dinner.  Niamh made a pie, two actually, but that is another story.  I’m just glad she is interested in cooking.

Some things I planned did happen, others didn’t, but I think the weekend went pretty well.  The kids entertained themselves mostly and helped a bit.  They are old enough to all shower solo and understand that “mommy is a bit stressed right now”.   By the end I felt like I had spent hours at the gym when all I did was move furniture, scrub floors/walls/trim, wash windows and pick up and move a million little things to either the trash, its home, or a box for storage.

Today the plan is to stop doing new projects and continue pulling it all together again.  We have a contractor coming to power wash and do a few minor outside things.  I have a meeting on the new house to pick plumbing.  Lars is back to work and the kids are back to school.  I feel bad about not doing my normal holiday reach out to friends but I’m sure everyone will understand.  By next week I’ll be in maintenance mode only and while that won’t be nothing it sure won’t be the job it is to get to the ‘show ready’ we nearly are.

The fast part of house building

Status; going up fast! has a foundation and some framing

Next; More framing

Days; under 2 weeks from the first speck of dirt moved


This is actually old news already, on Tuesday the kids and I went by the house and were super excited to see first a delivery of wood;

And a very necessary tempory site improvement….

The HOUSE (not garage) now has all the vertical parts.

Wider view, you can see what will be windows and also the rocks are our future driveway (I think it will get more paved)

This was supposed to go up yesterday but we made the decision to get the house back on the market ASAP so I spent the day really getting vacation put away and knocking off tasks on the pre-sale list.  When the kids got home we had a batch of boxes for storage so we decided to swing by the house again and they had made so much progress in JUST ONE DAY!  I suppose having an on site potty means productive workers.

Driving up we have a view before we even get there (note to self, we do not have a private back yard…) and you can’t miss the work done in just one day.

There are wall like things around the main house, the garage is framed.


Our future windows are giant, using a child for scale.


Up there is the start of the second story and if you look closely you can see my last minute piano window addition.  We had a meeting Tuesday morning to talk windows and future details and I asked if we could have it and in under 24 hours it exists!


This last one is a view of the future office.  I had one where Lars was pretending to sit at a desk but without a desk it just looked…. um… wrong.  So imagine a wall about where that angled wood support is, Lars gets his own door and window.img_5602

Thats the tour so far, pretty cool to go every day and see progress.  I know soon the big steps will be hard to see and/or take pictures of so until then we are living it up.

Hope you all don’t mind joining the process.  Other things are actually happening, maybe I’ll end up writing more?  On the other hand, my real computer is failing to start so I’m working outside of my native habitat.  We have a hope a friend can resuscitate it this weekend, or at worst salvage my hard drive, so cross fingers with me.  I’ve got enough change going on, I can’t have this too.


Status; hole in ground with foundation outline and insulation.

Next step; fill, arrange plumbing and in floor heat and pour slab

Current level of competition; 5 of 1000

Here they are looking at our dining room/guest room area, that central rectangle is the stairs. Other side of the stairs is the kitchen and living room

Here is our future front porch. We asked, it gets filled and there is no trapdoor option available.

Exciting stuff even if there are still tons of details to figure out.

Window….. Ledge


Weather; sunny and 30-50 (yes, 20 degree spread today)

Easter readiness; 35%

Nap; Fiona yes… finally

House; could be worse


Last week there was a post from a blog friend talking about the sweet things she keeps on her window ledge and she asked what is on ours.  Like her, I spend a bunch of time at this particular window looking over the back yard.  It is where the sink is, where I can see the kids play, where the coffee maker is… it gets a lot of attention in the day.

As I was thinking about this post in general, this morning the daily prompt just happened to be “Window”.  I call that fate so here we go!


(please excuse the window glass, winter is just ending)

I snapped this picture right before I sat to write.  The sun is shining, the bigger two are outside, the little one is napping so we will see how far I get before I’m called back to mother….


On the left is the Keurig.  This is a very important part of our kitchen and other junk important things were evicted to make space for it 2 years ago.  It is super handy to have it this close to the sink so we can easily fill the water tank. (It also won’t fit anywhere else, we have a small kitchen).

On the actual ledge is a set of very old IKEA tea lights, they were a gift from a friend in PA. She probably never gives me a thought, but, she was in the right place and time in my life to inform many parenting theories that I am very glad to know about.  Its hard to see but there is a glass bottle with some rocks with a glass chicken sitting on top.  The bottle is from Josie’s wedding and I need to get a little plant to live in there but so far I’ve enjoyed the rocks…  the chicken is from my mom, I’m not sure why she gave me a little red rooster but it reminds me of the Henny Penny the sky is falling story from when I was little.  Right next to that is a bottle stopper from my sister in Hawaii – since a bottle never goes unfinished here I keep it where I can look at it.

The next 3 mugs are all missing their handles.  The blue one is from Lars’ mom’s collection.  She loved these mugs and when Lars had about 3 seconds to choose something from ‘the estate’ he left with mugs.  Next two were gifts from an aunt of mine and I just really like the design but they are very fragile.  One is holding a mother’s day plant from last year, and the other, our paintbrush collection.  We actually paint a lot so they just live out in the open.

Right in front there is my collection of silicone baking cups.  They are hand wash so they pile up until I bake another batch of muffins and then I usually wash them as the oven is preheating.  Mixed in and around are various shells collected from various trips but you can’t really see them.  Finally, there is an ode to Lars’ obsession with Shark Tank, we HAD to have a scrub daddy (orange thing) and it actually does work really well.

This windowsill isn’t a bad reflection of my life at the moment.  Sentimental mixed with function, cleaning and baking and painting and the most needed coffee.

What is on your kitchen windowsill?

Too long since I made sawdust


Naps – yes to all

House – looks like we had 8 kids over 😉 

Beard – Lars is still hanging onto it… still

Ice – Friday I intended to mention it was dangerous, back to small dog only status but then it was -6 degrees for 2 days so back up to crazy people


Over the summer Niamh and Zoe spent a TON of time on monkey bars.  As a result both are very strong and I’ve been trying to think of a way to add back monkey bars into our winter life.


My first thought was ceiling mounting but that just is on the crazy side since I’m not a fan of holes in the ceiling and patching a popcorn ceiling in the future is worse.


Today I found this as inspiration.  Why didn’t I think of just building up?  That’s why it’s called inspiration.  I don’t really think what she did design and space use wise will exactly work for our house but I can change for our space.


The plan is to create a base on one side around 4 feet tall.  It will be game/toy storage inside with DOORS to hide whatever is in there.  On top of the base I’m gong to create a bit of a reading nook, using the necessary supports to host a book ledge and the girls requested curtains.  The other side will actually semi integrate the massive media cabinet we have already.  I plan to build supports around it and on top of it will be another nook.  In between will be a 7 foot span of monkey bars.


Lets see if I can get this done, in my head it seems like a good idea and I can tell you that I have three very excited fans.